Its not time for point-scoring: Pak to Afghanistan
Last Updated: Thursday, October 06, 2011, 21:45
Islamabad: Pakistan on Thursday reacted cautiously to the Indo-Afghan strategic partnership agreement though it asked Kabul to show responsibility and refrain from "grandstanding" or "point-scoring" in the face of trouble in bilateral ties.

Foreign Office spokesperson Tehmina Janjua chose not to make any direct comment on the agreement between India and Afghanistan while responding to questions at her weekly news briefing and just said that all regional players should work in "cooperative mode" to achieve peace and stability.

"We would like to underscore the importance of peace and stability in Afghanistan and the region, and to achieve this we need to remain in a cooperative mode. We continue to look at the document that has been signed," she said.

The agreement, signed on Tuesday during President Hamid Karzai's visit to India, paves the way for India to train and equip Afghan security forces - an issue that has sparked concern in Pakistan.

The Indo-Afghan pact came at a time when the ties between Kabul and Islamabad are at a low following the killing of former president and peace council head Burhanuddin Rabbani, for which Kabul has blamed the ISI.

Janjua said Islamabad has so far received from Kabul the confessional statement of an Afghan national arrested in connection with the assassination and the material provided by the Afghan government is being examined.

"At this defining stage when challenges have multiplied as well as the opportunities it is our expectation that everyone, especially those in position of authority in Afghanistan, will demonstrate requisite maturity and responsibility. This is no time for point-scoring, playing politics or grandstanding," Janjua said.


First Published: Thursday, October 06, 2011, 21:45

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